Two MLS rookies made the team: Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes) and Khiry Shelton (New York City FC). But notable absentees include Jose Vlllarreal, who has one goal and two assists in three games, California-born midfielder Jesus Vazquez, who is starting for Leones Negros in Mexico's first division, and Dillon Serna, who started the Colorado Rapids' opener and attended the senior national team camp in January.
Ariel Lassiter, son of former U.S. international Roy Lassiter,
joins the U.S. U-23s after playing for Costa Rica's U-23s in February at an MLS preseason tournament in Bradenton, Fla.
U.S. U-23 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Charlie Horton (Cardiff City/WAL), Tyler Miller (Zweibruecken/GER).
DEFENDERS (5): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca/MEX), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Will Packwood (Cheltenham/ENG), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Benji Joya (Santos/MEX), Ariel Lassiter (LA Galaxy II), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew).
FORWARDS (6): Alonso Hernandez (Monterrey), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart II/GER), Alfred Koroma Shams (Austin Aztex), Jordan Morris (Univ. of Stanford), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia M'Gladbach II/GER), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC).